The Rapid Relief Team (RRT) was delighted to join hands with the Gnowangerup community on the Blue Tree Project.
Sharing the message – “It’s ok, to not be ok”, the initiative aims to raise awareness around mental well-being by painting trees blue.
On October 14, RRT joined forces with Gnowangerup Yorgas Group, Gnowangerup Community Resource Centre, and the Shire of Gnowangerup to tackle the stigma attached to mental health.
RRT volunteers from the local community cooked up a storm, serving sausages and bottled water bringing people together.
The Blue Tree Project’s mission is to help spark difficult conversations and encourage people to speak up when battling mental health concerns. More than 90 handprints have been placed on the tree in a show of community support.
Tied in with Mental Health Week, the initiative reinforces the importance of starting difficult conversations and providing people the space to not be defined by their mental health issues. It informs people that we all have blue days but there will always be someone who you can talk to, and someone who will listen. RRT is happy to support this project in breaking down barriers of mental health.
If you need support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or see more resources on the R U OK website.